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Livestock: Exports

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) calves and (b) horses were exported from the UK for further fattening and slaughter to each destination country in the latest period for which information is available; and what the average journey times were to each such country. (252865)

The Cattle Tracing System (for Great Britain) and APHIS (for Northern Ireland) show the following numbers of calves (animals under 42 days old) as being exported from the United Kingdom during 2008. Due to the way the data are held, it is not possible to specify whether the animals were intended for breeding, production or slaughter.

Export destination

1 January 2008 to 31 December 20081

Range of travelling times (hours)

Average times (hours)

Belgium

17,548

10.5-17.5

14.38

France

13,469

8.5-18.5

13.24

Republic of Ireland

1,181

19

19.05

Netherlands

21,914

11.5-28

17.40

Spain

1,436

22.5-32.5

29.37

Total

55,548

1 Animals under 42 days old.

The range of travelling times and averages are taken from new route journey log applications received in 2008 that have been calculated and approved excluding rest times (mid journey rests and rests at control posts). These are only plans and not the actual times recorded from journeys that have taken place.

No horse or pony export welfare licences were applied for or issued for slaughter or fattening during 2008.